Senator Ted Cruz has hit out against Disney in light of Gina Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian, saying that the actor has been ‘cancelled’ by the company.
It was recently announced that Carano had been axed from her role as Cara Dune on the Star Wars series after sharing now-deleted posts on social media, which sparked a heavy backlash online.
The former MMA fighter was alleged to have shared a post comparing being a Republican in the US today to the way Jewish people were treated in Nazi Germany.
Following the news of her dismissal, Cruz, who has been a senator for the US state of Texas since 2013, shared a tweet expressing his support for Carano, who was born in Dallas County, Texas.
‘Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi,’ the Republican politician wrote on Twitter.
‘She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her.’
In the statement released by Lucasfilm announcing that Carano will no longer be involved in The Mandalorian, the firm said that the actor ‘is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.’
The company added: ‘Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.’
One of the posts said to have been shared by Carano online reportedly featured a caption that read: ‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbuors…. even by children.
‘Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews.
‘How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?’
This isn’t the first time that Carano has sparked controversy with posts shared on social media.
In the past, she has been accused of mocking people for wearing face coverings to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, while also reportedly tweeting about disproved claims of voter fraud amid the US presidential election.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.
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